Asaph, the writer of this psalm, is shocked by how God’s enemies have been so destructive of God’s holy places and objects. He prays as the way to express great sadness about the way his enemies and God’s enemies are treating the holy things of God. However, soon Asaph gets to the place of recalling the greatness of God. He makes a list of the wonderful things God has done, recalling the basics of creation that we often forget—that God causes the springs and streams to flow, and that God is the one who makes the day and the night; they belong to God.
Think about it: day and night belong to God. As you let your heart pray along with this psalm, you might make a list of all the gifts that God has given you, keeping your focus on God’s goodness to you and less upon the mean things that others might be doing. Just as in this psalm, when your are scared, recall how faithful God has been in the past and that God is with you right now.
Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer from today’s reading:
Yours is the day and the night. v. 16
For more information about this creative way to pray, see Bible Breaths.
This is the sixth of thirteen weeks in the season of Pentecost, Year B.
Wednesdays are dedicated the Psalms.
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